Friday, September 10, 2010

Staff Infection: Moody Monday

I am typically a Beatles "All You Need Is Love", "Pollyanna" kind-of-girl, but as I write my debut blog entry for Staff Infection, I realize that this week I have been "stuck-in-the middle" of blue. Overall, my mood has been melancholy; fair-to-partly cloudy with a few strong winds and scattered showers. While listening to music this week, I found myself gravitating toward the 2008 break-out song "New Low", by alternative rock duo Middle Class Rut and Linkin Park's new single, "The Catalyst" with the realization that I am soon coming to a crossroads in my own life. Have you ever felt like you were running in place and not getting where you wanted or needed to be? I immediately identified with songs like these in such a way -- that this week -- they felt tailor-made just for me. Of course they weren't... but that's okay. Everyone at times, can experience highs and lows and may feel "stuck-in-the middle". Right? Sometimes the perfect song isn't the "happy" song, but the song that connects you to your feelings and helps gets you in tune with yourself and the world. I have compiled a list of songs that I couldn't get out of my head this week. Songs that took me to the edge and back again. They offered a little therapy for me and perhaps a catalyst for change. I hope they can do the same for you if need be.

Linken Park, "The Catalyst" from A Thousand Suns
Middle Class Rut, "I Guess You Could Say" and "New Low" from 25 Years
Band Of Skulls, "I Know What I Am" from Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
No Doubt, "Just A Girl", Tragic Kingdom
Angel Taylor, "Make Me Believe" from Love Travels
Jordis Unga, "Man Who Sold The World" from The Best Of Rock Star:INXS
Fiona Apple, "Please, Please, Please" from Extraordinary Machine
Audio Bully , "Shot You Down (featuring Nancy Sinatra)" from Generation
Sia, "Soon We'll Be Found" from Some People Have Real Problems
Keane, "Spiraling" from Perfect Symmetry

Every Monday a different Green Light Go staff member will write about what bands have infected their ears for the week and give you anopportunity to hear it for yourself.

This week: Tracie McDaniel, Green Light Go Intern